We are less than a week away from the biggest sporting spectacle in American sports, Superbowl XLVIII. In an attempt to leave no stone unturned, we will take a look at the latest Seahawks vs Broncos betting odds, and issue some 2014 Superbowl picks and predictions based on how people like you and I see this one playing out.
I’m sure that by now you’ve heard it all along: Denver is favored over Seattle by a field goal and the O/U equals 47 points. Also by now, I’m sure you’re aware that straight-up betting has the Broncos’ line set at -135 and the Seahawks’ odds of an upset tally to +115.
The fact that these spreads and lines have remained unaffected makes it harder to gauge is how expert Superbowl predictions see this game playing out. To the naked eye and the average bettor, this is a battle between the NFL’s best defense taking on the No.1 offense in the league.
“Defense wins championships” everybody knows that, right? But, what happens when you throw a guy that manages games and picks defenses apart like Peyton Manning into the mix? Do clichés and conventional wisdom go right out the window?
According to betting activity registered thus far, most people are having very little trouble picking an ATS winner on Feb. 2 at East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium. ATS action shows that an eye-popping 68% of bettors believe that the Denver Broncos can defeat the Seattle Seahawks by a field goal or more.
This means that only 32% of bets have gone in favor of the National Football League’s top-ranked defense to prevail next Sunday. For the record, there have been over 600 more ATS bets in favor of the Broncos than the Seahawks thus far, yet odds have remained intact.
In contrast, people appear top be torn between the idea that these teams will surpass and remain below the 47-point mark. On this Monday morning, 53% of the population likes the “Over” and 47% prefer the “Under”. For those counting, that’s 725 bets for the “Over” and 641 in favor of the “Under”.
Assuming that weather conditions will be less than ideal, this game might come down to which team has the best kicker. That means that the 2014 Superbowl will rest on Steven Hauschka and Matt Prater’s legs.
This season, Prater went 2/2 (1-19 yards), 4/4 (20-29 yards), 5/5 (30-39 yards), 8/8 (40-49 yards), and 7/6 (50+ yards) and Hauschka converted on 0/0 (1-19 yards), 11/10 (20-29 yards), 9/9 (30-39 yards), 12/11 (40-49 yards), and 3/3 (50+ yards).
Verdict? I like the Denver Broncos to win this game by a field goal or less, which means that ATS I’d advise you to go with the Seahawks, and straight-up you need to take the Superbowl odds Broncos.
- 2014 Superbowl Picks & Predictions: Seahawks (+3) or Broncos (-135)